covid-19

Death rates for people under 40 have skyrocketed. Blame fentanyl.

BY: - September 7, 2023

A new Stateline analysis shows that U.S. residents under 40 were relatively unscathed by COVID-19 in the pandemic but fell victim to another killer: accidental drug overdose deaths. Death rates in the age group were up by nearly a third in 2021 over 2018, and last year were still 21% higher. COVID-19 was a small […]

Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19; President, testing negative, maintains schedule

BY: - September 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 Monday night, the White House said in a statement. Biden has mild symptoms and will spend the week at home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the White House said. President Joe Biden tested negative Monday night and Tuesday. He will continue to be tested “at a […]

Updated COVID-19 vaccines expected to be available in September, federal officials say

BY: - August 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is gearing up for a fall vaccination campaign that not only includes updated COVID-19 boosters, but the annual flu shot and the newly approved RSV vaccine. “We’re going to be encouraging Americans to get their COVID-19 vaccine in addition to their annual flu shot, as well as the immunizations for […]

nurse holding vial of Covid-19 vaccine and syringe

Next generation of COVID-19 vaccines and therapies gets a $1.4 billion boost

BY: - August 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday announced a $1.4 billion investment in developing the so-called next generation of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dawn O’Connell made the announcement, saying the funding is part of the $5 billion program they hope will […]

COMMENTARY

Americans suffer when health insurers place profits over people

BY: - August 10, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic put our health care system through a stress test that it barely survived. Doctors, nurses and health care workers put their lives on the line to treat millions of Americans battling a highly contagious and deadly disease. Those same front line workers are increasingly burned out because of the burdens they had […]

As extreme heat sweeps the U.S., Biden warns that states must act to protect workers

BY: - July 28, 2023

With many parts of the country gripped by extreme heat, President Joe Biden said Thursday his administration would target states that don’t offer workers heat protections and would direct millions of dollars to water projects and improved weather forecasting. In a live address, with the mayors of Phoenix and San Antonio joining by video, Biden […]

COMMENTARY

Did the Biden administration violate the First Amendment?

BY: - July 25, 2023

On July 4, federal Judge Terry Doughty, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, ruled that the Biden administration had violated the First Amendment by asking social media sites to delete posts containing false information, including misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and the 2020 election. Judge Doughty then enjoined further contact by the Biden administration with […]

Pennsylvania House passes bill giving schools flexibility to hire substitutes

BY: - July 7, 2023

The House sent the bill to the GOP-controlled state Senate, which isn't scheduled to return to Harrisburg until mid-September.

State prisons require visitors to call to schedule a visit, a pandemic-era hurdle some say has kept them from seeing incarcerated loved ones. (Getty Images)

A leftover pandemic restriction in N.J.’s prisons deprives some of ‘lifeline’ family visits

BY: - June 8, 2023

More than three years after the state closed New Jersey prisons to visitors as a pandemic precaution, they’ve opened them up again — but a lingering requirement to schedule visits has kept visiting rooms at many facilities largely empty.

COMMENTARY

The COVID emergency is over. What — if anything — did we learn? | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - May 22, 2023

Last week President Joe Biden announced the end of the federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19, first declared by the administration of President Donald Trump in early 2020.  Biden’s order – a Congressional mandate he signed into law in April – marks the beginning of a transition to regular health providers and insurance for COVID-19 […]

Fast federal response to pandemic key to US economic recovery, economists say

BY: - May 13, 2023

'This recovery was tremendous compared to any recovery in recent history because of the scale of the investments that were made by policymakers,' an analyst said.

As the COVID public health emergency ends, prepping for a new pandemic is next

BY: - May 11, 2023

Uninsured people will continue to have access to the vaccine after the country transitions out of the emergency through a bridge program.